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Embracing the elements in Norfolk

The Global Retreat Company, June 2023

Hannah MacInnes reviews a weekend on a characterful eco estate at West Lexham in Norfolk, where she finds bodily connection through strong, slow yoga and early morning paddle boarding and swimming in a wild lake.

As I drive to West Lexham I feel the familiar pre-retreat nerves setting in. Mostly at the thought of so much time in my own head and body. A body that has not fully recovered from a broken arm six months earlier.

But ten minutes into the yoga class the first afternoon, my worries are assuaged and what this weekend is about becomes quite clear. This is for my body. A chance to connect with it, accept it, nurture it, stretch it, and to appreciate how important it is to breathe properly and deeply again.

And as I meet the 20 other women, all smiles and perhaps a touch of the same initial nervous energy as me, I feel myself relaxing and have that energising feeling of being with a group of new people: sharing stories and connecting with each other as we all reconnect with ourselves.

Jess Horn leads the yoga and the retreat. I am instantly calmed and reassured by her kindness, warmth and sparkle as she welcomes me and shows me to my room. And as we begin the class that afternoon, I feel reassured and enthused by her instruction. She has been teaching yoga for 14 years and it shows.

Read the full article here.

See more of Jess’s retreats here.

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15 ways to nourish your mind, body and soul – for less

The Telegraph, January 2023

YOAS, Morocco

A 30-minute drive south of Marrakech, on the outskirts of the Berber village of Tagadert, is the serene Tigmi hotel – the setting for this retreat, hosted by yoga teacher Nancy Campbell. Guests can expect two daily classes on the rooftop terrace or in the light indoor studio.
During downtime, head to the two pools (one heated), the hammam, or the pretty gardens planted with banana palms and olive trees for lazy afternoons on a lounger. Trips can be arranged to the Atlas Mountains and there is a free shuttle service into Marrakech.
March, April, October & November; shared twin/double from £895, including all meals

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10 of the best health & wellness retreats in Europe for 2023

The Guardian, January 2023

Seaside escape, Portugal

Based at Cocoon, a peaceful eco farm near the seafront village of Vila Nova de Milfontes on the wild Atlantic coast, the YOAS week-long retreat features twice-daily movement, breath and relaxation on a shaded deck, led by American hatha yoga teacher Nancy Lea. Between classes there’s a lake to swim in, a surf beach a 10-minute drive away, bikes to borrow and walks along the Costa Vicentina trail. Stylish bedrooms open on to a courtyard. Veggie meals (with fish once a week) use local produce.
8-15 July, from £995 for seven nights.

10 of the best health & wellness retreats in Europe for 2023

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Retreats to re-energise mind, body and soul

The Guardian, June 2021

Stretch out in Suffolk

YOAS Yoga Retreats now offer relaxing breaks at Blyth Rise Stays, which has wooden huts and lodges – both with colourful interiors – around a lake and wildflower meadow near the village of Laxfield. There’s twice-daily yoga on the outdoor wooden platform or lakeside, meals are served in a tipi, and in between guests can take walks in the countryside and visit nearby beaches. There’s plenty of time to do nothing, and there are also two saunas. Runs 30 August-3 September with yoga teacher Sunita Devi, or 3-6 September with yoga teacher Tania Brown.

Retreats to re-energise mind, body and soul

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Keep your face to the sun

Psychologies, Spring 2021

YOAS Yoga Retreats

Despite our challenges, there will be a new dawn, writes Caroline Sylger Jones, as she reminds us of the replenishing sunshine that lies ahead.

Post-lockdown retreats. UK escapes that will help you reflect, rethink and rejuvenate. Choose from a range of yoga breaks throughout spring and summer at venues in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, the Lake District and Wales.

Caroline Sylger Jones, The Global Retreat Company

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15 wellbeing retreats and detox breaks – for better days ahead

The Guardian, January 2021

YOAS Yoga Retreats, Portugal

On the untouristy Atlantic coast, indulge in this week-long yoga retreat near the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar in the Alentejo region. You’ll stay at Cocoon, a coastal farm with a freshwater lake, and have two hatha yoga classes a day with teacher Jodi Boone that focus on awareness of breath, alignment and inner connection. Swim, walk, hang out in a hammock, go for bike rides or visit the beach a 10-minute drive away. Food is veggie, and includes a range of cuisines from Indian – or Japanese – inspired curries to Mediterranean stews.

15 wellbeing retreats and detox breaks – for better days ahead

To see more holidays with Jodi, click here.

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Finding a lovely corner away from the treadmill of life at The Banyan Tree, Goa

The Global Retreat Company, April 2019

Sharon Walker reviews a magical week with YOAS Yoga Retreats at the Banyan Tree eco-retreat in Goa and finds brilliant teachings with UK teacher Jess Horn, oodles of moreish veggie food, affordable local shopping and her grin.

Our hosts at the Banyan Tree, Annu and Chinu, are waiting for me in the reception when I arrive at the Banyan Tree, the YOAS venue for their Goa retreat. After an energy-sapping night flight I can barely stand, let alone talk, yet their megawatt smiles cut through the fog of my jet-lag like bright rays of sunshine and I immediately have a good feeling about this retreat.

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Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

The Guardian, October 2018

Cocoon, Portugal

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, these retreats offer the chance to improve your practice in a beautiful setting.

Start the day with meditation under the pine trees and end it with an (optional) skinny dip in the lake. Cocoon Portugal is a new retreat on a 275-acre coastal farm near the fishing village of Zambujeira do Mar. Co-owner and yoga teacher Anton Brandt has hosted retreats around the world. The converted farmhouse has room for 24, with indoor and outdoor shalas. The vibe is distinctly carefree. Sheep and goats roam the fields and chickens provide fresh eggs. There are homemade granolas and yogurt for breakfast and Mediterranean stews, Japanese curries and pizzas from the wood-fired oven for dinner. On the roster of yoga teachers from 2019 is Jess Horn from London who favours a slow vinyasa flow. Between daily classes guests can hop on bikes to explore the Atlantic coast, which is 10 minutes away, or hike the stunning Coast Vicentina trail.

Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

To see Jess’s next retreats click here.

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Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

The Guardian, October 2018

YOAS Yoga Retreats, Ibiza

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, these retreats offer the chance to improve your practice in a beautiful setting.

This charming farmhouse surrounded by forest, makes a beautiful base for Federica Clemente’s week-long retreat. Mixing yoga styles, from ashtanga to Iyengar, Federica brings a sense of playfulness and a wealth of knowledge to her classes. There are two free afternoons – allowing time for the pool and beach.

Perfect positions: 20 best yoga holidays worldwide

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Downward dogs on a stylish isle

The Telegraph, June 2018

Top Ten Great Yoga Holidays
The Telegraph newspaper, June 2018

At this super island retreat just five minutes from the Ionian Sea, on the island of Ithaca, luxury accommodation is split between a Venetian-style house and five Mongolian yurts. Practice two classes a day on a platform overlooking the sea and between times enjoy relaxing and organic, veggie meals. Between May and October, retreats are led by different teachers such as Jodi Boone.

To see Jodi’s next retreats click here.


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Stretched and strong on a YOAS weekend at Poundon House

The Global Retreat Company, April 2018

Jane Dunford reviews a YOAS weekend at a gorgeous manor house in the Oxfordshire countryside and finds all she needs to return to her life calm, clear and strong.

“Close your eyes and I’ll tell you when to open them,” says my taxi driver. A slightly strange request as we approach Poundon House – a short ride from North Bicester station in Oxfordshire – but the big reveal makes sense. There at the end of a long drive bordered by snowdrops and bare-branched lime trees stands a striking country pile, the Oxford sandstone glowing gold in the late afternoon sun.

I’m here for a weekend with YOAS Yoga Retreats (who run a full programme around the UK and abroad), led by south London yoga teacher Tania Brown.


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Loosening up on a commune with YOAS on La Gomera, The Canary Islands.

The Global Retreat Company, April 2018

Sharon Walker reviews the enriching yoga holiday at Finca Argayall on La Gomera in The Canary Island and finds an experimental community, a chef to fall in love with and wondrous yoga with the Sparkly Lisa Powell.

It takes a bit of effort to get yourself to the YOAS venue on La Gomera. A flight. A taxi. A boat. Another taxi. So a journey, but worth it. I’ve never much fancied the Canary Islands before, too many Brits for my liking, but Finca Argayall is a million light years from the burnt beer bellies and crowded concrete of South Tenerife; a secluded palmed oasis cradled between soaring volcanic cliff and the inky Atlantic, at the end of a dirt track. It’s a unique spot and a unique set up.

To see more of Lisa’s retreats click here.

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The Relaxing Yoga Break

Psychologies Magazine, February 2018

YOAS at Tigmi, Morocco

‘Dive into the grooves, cracks and crevices, and explore the unfolding of the “waves” and breath from within,’ says Lara Stapleton during her immersion week of Scaravelli yoga at this laid-back hotel near Marrakech. Space, breath and gravity are key, as the body is expanded. Classes focus on holding postures to release the fascia and loosen the spine so it becomes something more like Lara’s ‘waves’. Morning and evening sessions fly by, interspersed with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Days are free for the delights of the hotel, which has sweeping desert views and enchanting spots to sit beneath swathes of bougainvillea. There are two pools to cool off in after a walk into the lunar landscape of the Atlas mountains, or the sensory overload of a trip to the souk half an hour away, and a little hammam where you can have a scrub and massage.

Be swift to the buffet lunch of vital, colourful ingredients. Supper is a la carte, with whole fish or spiced lamb or chicken tagines – specify in advance any dietary requirements. Expect to leave feeling ‘taller’, with open hips and shoulders and a renewed enthusiasm for life.

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Seduced by the sea with YOAS on Kefalonia

The Global Retreat Company, July 2017

Sasha Bates reviews this uplifting yoga holiday on Kefalonia with Yoga Teacher Dory Walker and is seduced by the beauty of the sea and contact with the locals.

As a big fan of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin it was hard to resist the prospect of a week of yoga on the island on which it is set. One of the Ionian island off Greece’s west coast, Kefalonia is hilly, largely undeveloped, and surrounded by clear calm waters lapping rocky bays. For nine weeks a year YOAS Yoga Retreats set up home here at a small family-run venue, Vigla Village, overlooking Spartia beach in the South West. I join long-time YOAS teacher, Dory Walker, on a week of her own blend of Sivananda, Krishanamacharya and Iyengar-based practice.

Read the full article on the The Global Retreat Company

To see more of Dory’s retreats, click here
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11 Under-the-Radar Yoga Retreats You’ll Want to Book Now

Yoga Journal, February 2017 - Rebecca Tolin

Yoga and Serenity on the Island of Ithaca, Greece

Bow to the azure waters of this mythical island with little more than passing sailboats and grazing goats to distract you. Home to legendary hero Odysseus, some say this sleepy isle hasn’t changed much since Homer’s epic poem. Ithaca is, perhaps, the perfect place for yoga. There are only a few thousand permanent residents on the wild, jagged patch of land, and the elegant Itha108 Yoga Retreat & Creative Resort has no traffic to speak of.

Seattle teacher Jodi Boone is leading two back-to-back retreats for sunbathing, stargazing yogis who want to step back in time. Start the day with meditation and an active Hatha practice from the wooden yoga platform, and wind down with yin and restorative from an indoor shala. In between, dive into the silvery waters of the Ionian Sea, get a Thai yoga massage, or cozy up in an Indian daybed on the veranda. The lodge is carved into a rocky hillside with a crisp white minimalism, every object handpicked with a globetrotter’s flair—Indian artifacts dotted around the stone fireplace, for instance. Indulge in mushroom polenta tarts and cinnamon-butter griddled peaches, all seasonal, organic fare straight from the island (or the one next door).

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Best Yoga Retreats 2017

About Time, February 2017

Searching for the best yoga retreats 2017? From alpine retreats to Greek island adventures, here’s our favourite yoga retreats all around the world this February 2017. Man, we love yoga.

What: Greek Island Yoga Holiday with Maurizio Marmorato.

The Lowdown: For a slice of paradise, sun, sea and gorgeous sunrise practices on the stunning yoga platform, you need to get yourself booked onto a yoga holiday with London based teacher, Maurizio Marmorato on the Greek island of Kefalonia. Warm breezes, unbroken sea views and a good dose of recharge.

The Holiday: Each day will begin with meditation, pranayama and an asana class on a wonderful yoga platform overlooking the endless blue ocean. The morning practice will gently open the body and attune the mind to the breath, slowly moving and building into a flowing and dynamic sequence. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience. Morning practice will be followed by a hearty breakfast. Then you will be free to head off down to the beach, relax by the pool or explore the stunning beauty of the surroundings. The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a second yoga session, which will be a more gentle class. There will be one yoga free day.

What: Goa Yoga Retreat with Belle Greenwood.

The Lowdown: If you love nature, simple living and yoga, whilst looking for an escape from the winter chill, then the beach and the beautiful surroundings of The Banyan Tree in North Goa are for you. It’s a real gem and must be seen. Join London teacher, Belle Greenwood, for yoga, sunshine and Goan vibes.

The Retreat: Join Belle for a yoga holiday at this very special place in Goa, known for its sunny, warm days, laid-back beaches and colourful markets. The intention for this holiday is to enjoy all that Goa has to offer but to also dive deeply into your yoga practice. In simple surroundings, restore your elemental balance and deepen your practice.

What: Luxury Yoga Holiday with Jaya Jaks

The Lowdown: The chance to practice yoga in an idyllic setting at the stunning Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Southern Italy. This farmhouse has been lovingly restored with a stylish interior that is luxurious and comfortable with the highest attention to detail. Set in over 20 acres of land with olive, fig, cherry and almond trees, the views are stunning at all times of the year. The house has a swimming pool and wonderful sun terrace for soaking up the Italian sun and the calm of the countryside. You may choose to borrow the bicycles and explore the local region or just relax and unwind. Close to Polignano a Mare (also known as the ice cream capital of Italy) and Monopoli, this holiday offers not only yoga but also the very best in Italian food.

The Holiday: Join London teacher, Jaya Jaks, for five days of revitalising yoga at the beautiful Masseria. A wonderful opportunity for you to relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and reawaken your spirit in beautiful Puglia Italy. You will enjoy two yoga classes daily, which focus on movement, breath and relaxation. The day will begin with a flowing and dynamic asana class in the light and airy yoga space. After the morning session breakfast will be served on the terrace. The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a more relaxing and restorative class.

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New Year Yoga retreat, Norfolk

The Guardian, November 2015

Healthy (and fun) retreats for New Year

If you think New Year’s parties are over-rated, escape the mayhem on a healthy retreat and start the year feeling zen.

This retreat is in a bohemian Georgian manor near Swaffham, in gorgeous grounds with stream, water meadows and lakes. Rooms range from a budget mini-dorm to luxury en suites. The programme includes twice-daily meditation and yoga. Food is homegrown, organic and vegetarian, with a special meal on New Year’s Eve.

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World’s Top Ten Yoga Retreats

Yoga Magazine, December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016

YOAS Yoga Retreats offer something unusual and much needed: affordable yoga holidays that provide a touch of luxury. Don’t expect slick, five star accommodation, but do expect experienced, committed teachers who provide a reasonably priced yoga retreat to remember.

Choose a magical beach-side retreat with masterful yoga teacher Ali Gunning, or a luxury new-year retreat in Morocco. Other inspiring locations around the world include the unspoilt Italian coast, a tiny island in Greece and the pretty Norfolk countryside.

Jane Egginton is a yoga teacher and highly experienced travel and health writer. She writes about yoga for a range of publications, including Yoga Magazine and Huffington Post.

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Yoga in Puglia, Italy

The Guardian, May 2014

Top 10 activity holidays in Europe

YOAS Yoga Retreats aim to make yoga holidays more affordable by gathering a variety of teachers in a host of locations running yoga holidays throughout the summer.

Its September trip to Masseria della Zingara (the house of the gypsy) in Puglia houses you in a beautiful and restful 18th-century building surrounded by olive groves and cherry trees and offers two yoga classes a day as well as opportunities for bike rides, beach time and the chance to explore the area.

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Itha108, Ithaca, Greece

Yoga Magazine, December 2015

Jane Egginton handpicks the best yoga retreats in the world for 2016

ITHA108. This is not just a yoga retreat, but a creative resort created with love. ITHA108 is a Grecian island retreat on Ithaca, one of the smallest Ionian islands and home of Odysseus.

In an area of incredible natural beauty that is very much authentic Greece, here guests get to relax amongst the olive trees, swim in the warm blue water and enjoy yoga from dedicated teachers from around the world.

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Suleyman’s Garden, Huzur Vadisi, Turkey

The Guardian, January 2013

Best bargain beach holidays by Rhiannon Batten

On this new, week-long yoga break at Huzur Vadisi’s second venue, Suleyman’s Garden, you stay in cute, rustic cottages surrounded by terraced vegetable fields and flower-tangled gardens, overlooking the sea.

Morning and evening yoga classes mean there’s plenty of time between sessions to explore the coast. Less than 10 minutes’ walk away is a small rocky cove great for swimming.

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Top five affordable yoga retreats

Greener Ideal, May 2012

Yoga and Dance at Finca Argayall, La Gomera, The Canary Islands

This is a seven night yoga retreat where Sue Pendlebury teaches yoga, dance, voice meditation and pranayama to free your body, open your heart and find your inner dance of joy.

Finca Argayall is a magical venue set on the gorgeous island of La Gomera, nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay.

The schedule includes morning meditation, two asana classes each day, free time and creative workshops.

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Top five affordable yoga retreats

Greener Ideal, May 2012

Yoga at Masseria della Zingara, Puglia, Italy

This yoga retreat takes place by the beautiful Italian sea. Masseria della Zingara is set in over 20 acres of olive trees, figs, cherries and almonds and is located near Polignano a Mare, the ice cream capital of Italy. The yoga classes focus on movement, breath, relaxation and meditation.

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